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The Confessions of Kofi Annan

A cautionary tale about the fragility of moral prestige

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh


What the New President Should Consider

How to achieve lasting financial and fiscal reform

A New Brilliant Start

The civic virtue of David Foster Wallace

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

by D.T. Max


Is There a Jewish Gene?

Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People

by Harry Ostrer

The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology

by Nadia Abu El-Haj


Luscious, Delicate, Muscular Bellows

A painter whose subject is an exuberance in being alive

George Bellows

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 10–October 8, 2012; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 14, 2012–February 18, 2013; and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 16–June 9, 2013


Does This Writer Deserve the Prize?

Red Sorghum

by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

The Garlic Ballads

by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

Big Breasts and Wide Hips

by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt


The Great Actor Who Hated Acting

The diaries of Richard Burton

The Richard Burton Diaries

edited by Chris Williams


In Support of the Author

Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan


The Jihadis of Yemen

The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia

by Gregory D. Johnsen

High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen

by Edmund J. Hull


Chasing Paper

The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork

by Ben Kafka


The Continual Homecoming

Camille Corot: Natur und Traum [Camille Corot: Nature and Dream]

an exhibition at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 29, 2012–January 6, 2013


The Taste for Being Moral

How do we combine the external descriptive view of ourselves provided by empirical science with the active internal engagement of real life?

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

by Jonathan Haidt

Dignity: Its History and Meaning

by Michael Rosen


Under an Avenger’s Spell at the Met

The Tempest

an opera by Thomas Adès, with a libretto by Meredith Oakes, directed by Robert Lepage


A Very Sad Freud

Freud’s Sister

by Goce Smilevski, translated from the Macedonian by Christina E. Kramer


The History Beyond History

Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations

by Norman Davies


A Magnificent and Audacious Swindle

A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States

by Geoffrey C. Ward


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